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Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. Published in hard copy 2-4 times a year. New shows: "events;" hard copy rates & how to support the online edition: "works."

 

AVEDISIAN AT BERRY CAMPBELL: JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

Edward Avedisian, Untitled, c. 1965, Acrylic on canvas, 79 x 80 inches.
© Estate of Edward Avedisian. Courtesy, Berry Campbell

Edward Avedisian (1936-2007) wasn't in "Post-Painterly Abstraction," the landmark show organized by Clement Greenberg in 1962.  He is, however, included in "Clement Greenberg: A Critic's Collection," the catalogue of work owned by the late critic and acquired by the Portland Art Museum in 2000. And, like other, better-known color-field painters, Avedisian evidently understood the importance of making beautiful art that can offer balm to the wounded soul even –or perhaps especially -- in the most trying times. Read More 

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ART, TASTE & STORY-TELLING: "MAKING THE MET: 1870-2020"

Installation view of Making The Met, 1870–2020, on view August 29, 2020–January 3, 2021 at The Met. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Introductory gallery--Kouros by  Isamu Noguchi, center.

Well, and so The Metropolitan Museum of Art has finally reopened, after being closed for five months because of the pandemic and leaving  a gaping hole in the city's body esthetic. I attended the media preview re-opening the museum on August 26, and sashayed through the biggest of its new shows, "Making the Met: 1870-2020" (through January 3).  How nice it was to be back!   Read More 

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